1. PLAN AHEAD ON COLLEGE APPS AND TURN THEM IN EARLY
Make sure you are aware of deadlines for every schools’ application as well as scholarship application deadlines. If a school uses early action that is non-binding, TURN YOUR APPLICATION IN THEN! IT WILL ONLY HELP YOU! You also will get a decision sooner! If you are set on a school that has a early action that is binding and 100% want to go there, USE IT! You will have a much better chance getting in to those low acceptance schools. I made the mistake of waiting until the day of to turn in some applications and it only added more stress and more of a chance of forgetting something where it becomes too late to change it.
2. HAVE MULTIPLE PEOPLE CHECK YOUR ESSAYS OVER
Ask your English teacher, your college advisor, your parents, a friend. Make sure that several sets of eyes look over your essay.
3. SPEND LOTS OF TIME WITH PEOPLE WHO MATTER
MAKE TIME for your friends! Set dates and make plans in advance so you KNOW everyone will be available. You all will be apart sooner than you think.
4. TAKE YOUR TIME CHOOSING A COLLEGE OR YOUR NEXT STEP
You may be sick of everyone asking you constantly what you’re doing next year, but don’t let that rush you into making a decision. And don’t let others make the decision for you!
5. DON’T STRESS TOOOOO MUCH
It’s important to still take school seriously and avoid senioritis as much as possible. Looking back on my senior year, I was too stressed out with my difficult schedule that I would study WAY too much for tests and took WAY too many years off my life worrying. Allow yourself to have fun- life and school will only get harder from here.
6. STAY OUT OF TROUBLE
Getting in trouble with the law or the school can ruin everything that you’ve worked for. Be careful with every decision you make on the weekend.
7. SAVE YOUR MONEY
You’ll need LOTS of spending money for college. When I get a paycheck, I place 60% of it into my savings for spending money for college and keep 40% for myself which allows my savings to really add up.
8. TAKE PICTURES!!
Every night out, every event, no matter how insignificant it may seem to you. You’ll thank yourself later!
9. TAKE ADVANTAGE OF AP AND DUAL CREDIT CLASSES
I luckily (and unluckily) took 3 AP classes senior year without realizing the benefits. I’m now going into college with 21 credits just from my APs and dual credit class! It can save you from taking those frustrating intro classes.
10. BE ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THINGS YOU ARE INVOLVED IN
I was juggling a ton of things senior year. I was captain on the swim team, editor-in-chief of the school paper, on student council, and involved in other things around school. If you find yourself in a leadership position, MAKE THE MOST OF IT. Make everyone in the school excited about what you do. As a senior, involvement becomes less of an obligation and shows your true passion. Try to go above and beyond to get people to come to that swim meet or read the paper!
11. FIGHT SENIORITIS
A common misconception is that you don’t really have to try senior year. NO. Colleges still look at your transcript! AP scores still matter and those tests are in May! Try and fight the urge to slack as long as possible.
12. YOU WILL FIND YOUR TRUE FRIENDS TOO LATE
I read this in a tweet once, but in my experience it has been nothing but true. Soon enough you’ll all be going to college and you won’t have enough time with them 🙁